Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Amazon's Alexa letting Out Eerie Laugh

Электронный полтергейст колонки Amazon пугают пользователей по ночам The owners of devices “Amazon Echo” complain of terrible laughter coming from the speakers
Frank Williams | 10 March, 2018, 14:56

Well, they are - but these voices are, in fact, real: Amazon has confirmed that the device's virtual assistant known as Alexa has been laughing without users' intentional commands, and the company says it is working on a fix.

The first reports of the laughter began to surface over the weekend.

"In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh.' We are changing that phrase to be 'Alexa, can you laugh?' which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh, ' " a spokesperson said in a statement. In a response to the problem, Amazon has said they're going to change the command that prompts Alexa to laugh at "Alexa, can you laugh?"

The Alexa team has also disabled the phrase "Alexa, laugh" as a trigger.

Reports indicate that these incidents may have been prompted by an earlier glitch in the products that effectively meant the digital home assistants lost their voice. The random laughter has been described as creepy, evil and bone-chilling.

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China has stayed mum so far over the proposed tariffs, although it has threatened to cut USA agricultural imports if it is hit. Canada would be particularly hard hit as the largest foreign supplier to the USA of both metals.

The user is not required to call out Alexa again, and if they don't say anything at all, Alexa will go back to sleep.

A lot of people have gotten used to Alexa hearing every word they're saying, but there are occasions when the smart assistant does something weird that reminds us how unusual it is to have a digital robot around all the time.

More claims of the digital assistant's shenanigans can be found below, although it's not clear how true they are.

Amazon has added a new feature for its Alexa voice assistant that you will let you make successive requests without needing to repeat your Echo speaker's wake word, as noted today by CNET.

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